This past weekend, the stage adaption of the classic novel, Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, preformed for the members of Marywood’s community and any/all local community members at the Sette Laverghetta Center for Performing Arts. The performance was well executed, from the choice of scenery to the casting of each character. From the beginning, the stage was set with its choice of scenery, lighting, and costumes. The backdrop was a transparent image depicting woods. It gave off a somewhat dark and eerie vibe. Also, the transparency of the backdrop allowed for various characters to either hind in the woods or to pass through. Additionally, the simple scenery and props allowed for them to be used for various scenes. The homes of Atticus …show more content…
Each actor/actress fully embraced their given roles (some played multiple characters). For instance, Rhianna Lewis’ performance of Scout was so well done that it was almost as if the role was performed by a young child. Lewis captures the innocence, curiosity, and personality that helps to shape the character of Scout Finch. Robert Eskra’s portrayal of Atticus Finch was also very well executed. He portrayed as a loving and wise father who tries to teach his children compassion and empathy. In addition, one of the best performances of the night was Sarah Wagner’s portrayal of Mayella Ewell during the trail scene. You could feel the emotion and intensity as Wagner delivered Mayella’s testimony to the court. The majority of the characters spoke with some form of a southern accent which also helps to set the scene in Alabama. In addition, the characters are all dressed in clothing that would be worn during the 1930s. From the floral dresses, blue suits, overalls, and dirt stains, each actor was dressed to depict their character …show more content…
The play tells the story of how a little compassion and empathy can change a town. Also, it touches on notes of racial injustice, class division, gender roles, and loss of innocence. Throughout the course of the play, Scout can be seen to slowly lose her innocence as she begins to learn about racial injustice, crimes (rape), and life. She is also shown to break stereotypical gender roles by dressing as a tomboy and going by the name Scout instead of Jean Louise. Racial injustice is portrayed when Tom Robinson was deemed guilty for attacking and raping Mayella Ewell. The overall theme of compassion was shown throughout the play when the characters began to understand Boo Radley’s reason for staying inside and when Tom Robinson was wrongfully charged for a crime he did not commit. It was also emphasized at the end of the play when all the characters joined together one by one saying “stand in other people’s shoes to finally see them.” A person will never truly understand another until they take the time to see things from the other person’s point of
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Scout learns to accept people as they truly are instead of what she thought they were and starts to see Maycomb in a different light as a result of coming in contact with racial prejudice, seeing the world from Boo Radley’s perspective, and losing her early childhood perception of Maycomb. These experiences help her grow out of her ignorance and develop an adult-like view on the problems facing her. She takes initiative to look at how Boo Radley must have felt over the past years and ask Atticus what it really meant to be called a ‘nigger lover’. These events show Scout trying to see things for what they really are, instead of what they seem to be.
The people who lack empathy for the Radley’s are the kids such as Scout, Jem, and Dill. On page 16, Jem describes Boo Radley as a monster with yellow and rotten teeth, eyes that popped, drooling, blood stained hands, and having a long jagged scar across his face. They also dare each other to get as close as possible and make mean plays about the Radley family. When Miss Muadie’s house burns down Boo gives Scout a blanket and she sees that he is not a monster. Later when Atticus is defending Tom Robbinson the town seems to turn their backs on Atticus and his family, becuase he is defending a black man which is looked down upon in the town. Tom Robbinson is innocent, but because he is a black man the town views him as guilty anyway. When the town comes to a conclusion that he is guilty, Jem comes to the conclusion that the outside world is unfair, because he knows Tom Robinson is innocent. This is a good coming of age moment for Jem, because he develops empathy for Tom Robbinson and changes his mindset. Scout throughout the story is forced to develop empathy towards other people by her farther, Calpurnia, and Jem. In chapter 3, when she is beating up Walter Cunningham, she is forced to stop by her older brother Jem, who later invites him to dinner. Then later in the house, Scout was being rude to Walter for the way he ate. Calpurnia scolds Scout by
Throughout the book To Kill A Mockingbird Lee discusses the effects of ignorance and the toll it takes on people such as Tom Robinson, Boo Radley, Scout herself, and many more. Through her examples of sexism, prejudice, and racism, from the populist of poverty stricken Southerners, she shows the readers the injustice of many. The victims of ignorance are the ‘mockingbirds’ of the story. A good example of this injustice is the trial of Tom Robinson, who is falsely accused of raping a white girl and is found guilty. The book is from the point of view Scout, a child, who has an advantage over most kids due to her having a lawyer as a dad, to see the other side of the story. Her father tells her in the story, “you never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them.” (Lee 200).
After a long fought case, Tom Robinson was found guilty and was sent to the local jail. Tom knew he wasn't supposed to be their and tried to escape. He was shot and killed as he seeked freedom. Mr. Underwood, a newspaper writer, compared,"...Tom's death to the senseless slaughter of songbirds..." (Lee 241). There was no reason to kill Tome, he didn't harm anyone or caused any trouble. Tom was guilty because of race and the fact that whites rule this era. In this time period, the 1930's, segregation was a huge problem for colored people. It was obvious he didn't rape or do any harm to Mayella Ewell. Tom was just judge on the beliefs of all colored people being criminals and cowards. After Mayella won the court case, her father, Bob Ewell was after Jem and Scout to punish their father for defending Tom Robinson. As Scout and Jem make their way home one night, they were attacked by Bob. Lucky, Boo Radley protected the child and murdered Bob. After Scout realized Boo saved their lives, she stated, "...our neighbors image blurred with my sudden tears" (Lee 270). At that moment Scout knew she had mistaken Boo Radley her entire life. The children aren't to blame though, Maycomb judged Boo as an evil and crazy person based on uncertain stories. Boo Radley accepted the fact that many believed he was psycho, forcing to keep his life on
In conclusion, "To Kill a Mockingbird" is a breathtaking novel that challenges the themes of prejudice, discrimination, the loss of innocence and social injustice. This novel touches these topics in ways that no other had ever before it and will remain a cultural phenomenon for years to come.
The novel addresses the themes of race relations, justice, the loss of innocence, and small town life. Tom Robinson and Boo Radley are viewed as mockingbird characters because they are subjected to suffering yet they are harmless and innocent.
The year was 1960 when Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird was published. It was an immediate success even winning the Pulitzer Prize. The novel was the first published piece for Lee who was not widely known. The story itself was set in the American South during the Great Depression, which Lee was from and lived during that time. The story examined the angst of childhood, morals of society, racism, and the concept of perception.
In the book, To Kill a Mockingbird, many themes are discussed throughout the story. The most significant theme is how over the course of the story, Jem and Scout slowly mature after specific events, and realize the reality of good and evil. Along the way, they meet Tom Robinson, a black man who is convicted of raping a white girl, who plays a major role in the story. Mrs. Dubose, a senile grumpy woman, shows what “real courage” is. Arthur Radley, known as Boo, is a recluse who is said to have tried to kill his father. As the events unfold, Jem and Scout are hit with the reality of racism and social inequality, but most of all, how good and evil play a role in people’s minds, and hearts.
In To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Scout, the daughter of an affluent lawyer in a small town in Alabama called Maycomb. Over the summer Scout and her brother Jem befriend a boy named Dill who lives near by for the summer. Dill becomes interested in a house on their street where Arthur (Boo) Radley has lived for many years without going outside. That fall, Jem and Scout start to find gifts in the keyhole of a tree on the Radley property. The next summer Dill, Scout, and Jem try to act out the story of Boo Radley. Atticus, Scout and Jem’s father explains to them that they should try to see life from Boo’s point of view. When Atticus takes the case of a black man named Tom Robinson accused of raping a white woman named Mayella Ewell, Maycomb’s white community gets very upset. Jem and Scout get the brunt of the towns distress from other children. As the trial date comes closer the people get restless and a lynch mob forms. Atticus talks the mob down and Jem and Scout who snuck out a...
Empathy is a complicated - but significant - trait in society. This characteristic binds people together, resonates within souls, and strengthens bonds. The ability to personally identify with and share others’ emotions, it can make the world a better place in various ways. Shown in the 1960s novel, To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, this is an important topic and theme that continues throughout its entirety. It is in her hometown of Maycomb that Scout, the protagonist, faces many biases, slightly atypical neighbors, and unexpected events, and her personality changes preferably. One important character is Boo Radley, believed to be violent and psychopathic, and rumored that he murders, has stabbed his parents, and conducts similar malicious crimes. Scout’s gradual expansion of empathy through her experiences and interactions within Maycomb reveals its importance in understanding people, ultimately suggesting that this
As Scout and Jem Finch grow up they are exposed to a distressing controversy about her fathers lawsuit that he is defending. Scout's father Atticus Finch is defending Tom Robinson a southern black man who is accused of assault. The entire community are against Tom because he is a black man and agrees he should spend time in a solitary confinement even though he is innocent. While the case is going on Scout get's teased in class from other students because her father is helping a black man. Scout was raised to respect everyone regardless of their colour and that everyone is equal and has the rights o...
There’s always been the argument of “Which is better?” when it comes to book versus movie. In the case of To Kill A Mockingbird, in my opinion, the movie lacks certain details needed to really see some of the themes Harper Lee is trying to get across. The movie leaves out some important characters. It also leaves out many certain events that are significant to the character development of Scout and Jem. These things, I believe are crucial to the story and message of To Kill A
Scout learns that by yielding to prejudice, we often hurt and cause strife unto others. For example, Scout is harassed and becomes the target of insults when her father decides to defend Tom Robinson, a black man accused of raping a white woman. This is a plajurized essay. The hate felt towards black people by the majority of the Maycomb citizens causes them to bother and harass those who attempt to befriend the black people. Forgive me for stealing this essay. Scout realizes that the only reason she must undergo this torment is that her father is defending a black man, which has become taboo because of the corruption that racism has caused in many people. In addition, Scout watches Tom Robinson undergo unfair treatment and false accusations. Please dont tell my parents I stole this essay. Although Atticus provides the jury and the people of Maycomb with overwhelming evidence benefiting Tom, and ultimately proving him innocent, this is not enough to overcome the powers of hate and racism. Scout watches as the jury deliberates and convicts Tom Robinson of murder because he is a black man. This is a stolen essay. Although Scout witnesses a myriad of injustices occurring against black people, she also sees an exiguity of kind and compassionate movements towards black people.
Scout starts to understand people’s needs, opinions, and their points of view. In the beginning, Scout does not really think much about other people’s feelings, unless it directly pertains to her. Jem and Dill decided to create a play based on the life of one of their neighbors, Boo Radley. According to neighborhood rumors, Boo got into a lot of trouble as a kid, stabbed his father with scissors, and never comes out of the house. The children create a whole drama and act it out each day. “As the summer progressed, so did our game. We polished and perfected it, added dialogue and plot until we had manufactured a small play among which we rang changes every day” (Lee 52). Scout turned Boo’s life into a joke, something for her entertainment. She did not think about how Boo would feel if he knew what they were doing. Near the end of the book, while Boo was at the Finch house, Scout led him onto the porc...
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